...does it take to watch a South African horror movie about really yeechy giant ant creatures? Well, not so much that I can't blog at the same time. Where is James Arness when you need him? Although there's something to be said for Rachel Shelley even when she's wearing all her clothes...but "scare you out of your skull?" Probably not.
Majestic Mark III mods...
I did manage to get to the range yesterday with my Sweetie, who's still on Injured Reserve. I decided to just focus on .22s, since the Colorado State Ruger Rimfire championship is only a few weeks away. I'll be shooting the match and we'll be filming if for SHOOTING GALLERY, as well as a Ruger Rimfire class taught by Tim Norris. I was very very pleased with my iron-sighted Ruger Mark III Target as overhauled by Majestic Arms. It's not a balls-to-the-wall custom target pistol, but it shoots extremely well. I added a red fiber optic front sight, which is a help for the old eyes.
I'm not so sanguine on my rifle. As you may remember, last year I shot my old 10/22 Target fitted with AR-15 style sights in the iron sight division. I'd previously shot the same rifle with a Tasco Pro Point red dot in open class and been very pleased with he performance. The AR sights and I didn't get along well...my right eye's retina is permanently damaged from the shingles attack several years back. I can get a clean sight picture off my left eye (both lenses ahem been replaced), and an adequate sight picture with a fiber optic front sight off my right eye. So I replaced the heavy hammer-forged Ruger barrel with a Green Mountain fluted stainless barrel fitted with Williams Fire Sights. I was faster with this iteration of the rifle, but not as fast as I need to be. I'm hoping to get in another range session or two before the match, and I think I'll focus strictly on the rifle.
Maybe I should just suck it up and shoot open with a red dot on both the rifle and the pistol. My rational for shooting irons has been that my primary competition is cowboy, where everybody shoots iron sights!
RE: Detonics Combat Masters...what can I say? I have owned 2 over the years, still own one of the Atlanta guns and have shot maybe a dozen more. It is still my unequivocal favorite small 1911. Mine runs like a clock (although, to be fair, it has been tuned by Cylinder & Slide).
Spike's Tactical ST-22 Lothar Walther upper
I got my Spike's Tactical .22 upper for the Appleseed gun project (for SHOOTING GALLERY Season 13). Man, it is sweet! Alan Samuel and I are going to build the gun up on a special JP Rifles lower that just arrived at Alan's shop. I talked to John (the "JP" of "JP Rifles") about making sure his superb trigger system was set up for the notoriously finicky .22 LRs, and he did suggest some changes in springs. Haven't yet made any decision on the stock...I do like the Ace skeletal stocks...but, of course, it's a Magpul universe. As I mentioned before, I'm putting a Pride/Fowler 3-9X scope on it to work it out after we get it built (and filmed).
Finally, I'd just like to give a shootout to Rob at SIMPLY RUGGED Holsters for his superb Cuda Holster.
I bought one of these for my little Ruger SR-22 pistol, which has become one of my favorite little knock around guns. I put that gun on when I went to the range, covering it with a Carhardt t-shirt (because, paranoid soul that I am, I can't bear to be shooting on public land without at least one concealed weapon on my person, even if its only a .22). The Cuda holster carries and conceals amazingly well -- not to mention it's amazingly inexpensive. I ended up carrying that gun all day. No, I'm not planning on giving up the 9-mil as the daily carry gun, but up here bopping around the Secret Hidden Bunker, the SR-22 will probably suffice. Maybe as long as I'm being eclectic, I should add the Bond Arms .45/.410 as my second gun...